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Dublin is Finalist in Top Seven Intelligent Communities Awards Program; Eindhoven, the Netherlands Named Intelligent Community of Year

June 3, 2011 – (DUBLIN, Ohio) – Eindhoven, the Netherlands was named the Intelligent Community of the Year at an awards ceremony sponsored by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) in New York City today. The City of Dublin was a contender among the Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year.

“The City of Dublin congratulates the City of Eindhoven, the Netherlands named the Intelligent Community of the Year,” said Dublin City Manager Marsha Grigsby. “We are honored to be a Top Seven Intelligent Community in the company of six other global leaders in innovation and technology. This recognition reflects the excellence of our community – our residents, the many businesses large and small that have created a vibrant economic base and chosen Dublin as their home.”
Dublin Mayor Tim Lecklider agreed, “We know Dublin, Ohio is a great place to live and work. Recognition like this shares those attributes with the world.”

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized as one of the leading communities in the world for broadband,” said Dublin Deputy City Manager Dana McDaniel. “Our priority has always been to make this vital infrastructure available to our residents and businesses in order to continue to be innovative and connected globally.”
In January, the ICF, a New York-based think tank, named its list of Top Seven Intelligent Communities. The 2011 Top Seven Communities are: Chattanooga, Tenn.; Dublin, Ohio; Eindhoven, Netherlands; Issy-les-Moulineaux, France; Riverside, Calif.; Stratford, Ontario, Canada; and Windsor-Essex, Ontario, Canada.

The Top Seven Intelligent Communities are selected through analysis of detailed data submitted by the Smart21 Communities, which were named by the ICF in October 2010. This year’s theme is Health in the Intelligent Community. The Top Seven are the seven top-scoring communities from among the Smart21 in the quantitative analysis conducted by an international academic team. This is the second year in a row Dublin has been named to the Top Seven list. Dublin earned Smart21 honors four years in a row.
Dublin has used its innovative underground fiber optic network DubLink to establish the Central Ohio Research Networklinking government, businesses and schools to the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

In addition, the City is promoting an entrepreneurial economy through efforts such as the establishment of the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center, and partnering with the education and business communities to ensure a highly skilled workforce now and into the future. Dublin’s healthcare community has been a key component in leveraging the broadband network to expand medical services through technology.

According to the ICF, Intelligent Communities are those which have – whether through crisis or foresight – come to understand the enormous challenges of the broadband economy, and have taken conscious steps to create an economy capable of prospering in it. In a study funded by the Province of Ontario, Canada, the Intelligent Community Forum defined five critical success factors for the creation of Intelligent Communities: broadband connectivity, knowledge workforce, digital inclusion, innovation, and marketing and advocacy.

For more information on the awards program, visit www.intelligentcommunity.org.

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